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    Substitute for factory o-ring

    I break my pool down every season and this year somehow we lost an o-ring for our Pentair SuperFlo pump. The pool is full and has been for a week, so I really need to get this pump going sooner than later. Because of my unorthodox set-up, no legit pool store will touch my pool or equipment with a ten foot pole. So I have this flakey free-lance pool guy who basically does a good job, but never returns phone calls, no-shows for days on end with no communication, etc. Supposedly he was going to have the o-ring I need and install it today. Just got home and the pool is untouched. I have lost faith he's going to come through before I go green or my kids overthrow the government for not being able to swim or play basketball (the pool is on their court).

    I can order the part on-line and wait til Friday to hopefully get it, or I can pay a ton in shipping to get it Thursday. No local pool stores stock the part, I've called them all.

    My QUESTION is: is it likely I can go to Home Depot or a plumbing place and get an o-ring that will work? It is number 15 on the Pentair SuperFlo part diagram found here:

    http://www.inyopools.com/partimages/877 ... xwidth=650

    Anyone have a quick idea to get this going well enough to start the pump and heater, even if it is only temporary. That way I can order the real part and wait for shipping but get things started while it is on its way.
    POOL: Intex ultra new in 2014 (32 x 16 x 52) (seasonal; on concrete pad covered with 1.5" extruded or whatever foam insulation sheets - ugly, but comfy); added a through-wall skimmer; I add salt for feel. EQUIPMENT: Pentair SuperFlo pump (1HP, 2SPD); Pentair cartridge filter (200 sq. ft); Pentair MasterTemp natural gas heater (400,000 btu) Climate/Location: Eastern Nebraska

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    Re: Substitute for factory o-ring

    You should be able to find something at Ace that would work. Take the o-ring from the other union to compare with what they have available.
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    Re: Substitute for factory o-ring

    I have heard of some take a larger o-ring of the correct diameter (the material, not the ring overall). You make a clean cut (sharp knife) and use super-glu to glue the ring to the correct diameter.
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    Re: Substitute for factory o-ring

    Thanks. If he doesn't show tonight I'll try to find something at lunchtime tomorrow. Not sure it gets me anywhere since I am not confident enough to try to get the heater started for the year, but at least if I have all the parts I have a chance of getting this going soon. Thanks again!
    POOL: Intex ultra new in 2014 (32 x 16 x 52) (seasonal; on concrete pad covered with 1.5" extruded or whatever foam insulation sheets - ugly, but comfy); added a through-wall skimmer; I add salt for feel. EQUIPMENT: Pentair SuperFlo pump (1HP, 2SPD); Pentair cartridge filter (200 sq. ft); Pentair MasterTemp natural gas heater (400,000 btu) Climate/Location: Eastern Nebraska

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